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The answer is… it depends. It depends on the type and amount of waste you put into each bag load. The continuous liners aren’t perforated or marked at set points so you can take as much or as little bag material as you need depending on the amount of waste inside. You can match the bag size to the size of the waste every time and significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic you consume.

When comparing to standard waste bags many of our customers incorrectly assumed that 60m was equal to 60 standard bags, however this is incorrect as 1m of continuous liner will hold significantly more waste. You have to remember that standard bags are tapered so will hold less waste per metre than the continuous liners. The continuous liners are wider (across the diameter) than standard bags over the full 1m length being compared so the amount of waste you can fit into 1m of continuous liner is 2 ½ to 4 ½  times what you can fit into a standard bag (1m in length).

Standard bags will only hold only the amount of waste that will fit into the bin container whilst the continuous liners are unrestricted by the hard sides of a bin container.

Also up to 20% of a standard bag length is used to hold it in place on the bin meaning it will never be used to carry waste and creates an excess use (waste) of plastic.

To give you a guide, the continuous liners are equivalent to standard bags as shown below but could be more or less depending on the type and amount of waste.

  • Mini Continuous liner refill, 60m =          180-270 standard bags
  • Midi Continuous liner refill, 85m =          220-390 standard bags
  • Maxi Continuous liner refill, 110m =          330-550 standard bags

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